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Reminiscences about 

Abraham Lincoln 

Newspaper clippings, accounts, and 
memories of those whose lives 


included an encounter with the 16 
President of the United States 

Surnames beginning with 


From the files of the 
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection 

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Digitized by the Internet Archive 

in 2012 with funding from 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services through an Indiana State Library LSTA Grant 

Vandever, Wm. T. 




Maj. W. T. Vandever, First 

Male Child Born at Tay- 

lorville, Succumbs, 

Special Dispatch to the Globe-Democbat. 

TAYLORVILLE, ILL., October 25. 
— Maj. William T. Vandever, retired 
banker and one of the few surviv- 
ing citizens cf Illinois who knew 
Abraham Lincoln personally, died 
here today. 

Maj. Vandever knew Lincoln as 
a boy when Lincoln, who practiced 
law on the same circuit as Maj. 
Vandever's father, was a guest at 
the Vandever home. 

Maj. Vandever was the lifelong 
resident of Taylorville and was the 
first male child born in the town. 
He was 94 years old and retired 
from the banking business 20 years 

One of the wealthiest men in 
Central Illinois, he gave $100,000 to- 
ward the erection of a high school 
in Taylorville in memory of his 

He resided with a niece, Mrs. 
George G. Seaman, and her hus- 
band. He is survived by two other 
nieces, Mrs. Yolande Perkins of 
Taylorville, and Miss Eugenia Van- 
dever, Vienna, Austria, and a 
nephew, Fred Kirkwood of Albu- 
querque, N. M. 

Van Doom, T'rs . Ma#y 



Funeral services for Mrs. .'Mary H 

Van D oom, a friend of Abraham Lin 

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coin at the time of the famous Lin 
coin-Douglas debates," "wUl" J Be^ held to 
day at her birthplace, Quincy, 111. Mrs, 
Van Doom died on Monday at her 
home, 1113 Loyola avenue, at the age 
of 85. She had been a resident of 
Chicago for 20 years. 

When a girl Mrs. Van Doom was 
selected to welcome Lincoln to Quincy 
and present him with flowers on the 
rostrum from which he addressed his 
arguments against Douglas. She wa? 
a granddaughter of Capt Bber Ward, 
lawmfeer of Washington staff, in 
charge of all gnvernme&t .jsenais dur- 
ing the revolution. 

Mrs. Van Doom is surved by a 
daughter, Helen B. Van Doom; a son, 
J. B. Van Doom, and a grandson, 
John ' B. Van Doom. 

Van Pelt, Mrs. Harriet 

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Fords theater and witnessed assassination of Abrah™ 
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Van Pelt, Mrs. Harriet 


Tells How Booth's Act 
Stunned Audience. 


When Abraham Lincoln, whose 
127th birthday anniversary will be 
celebrated today, was assassinated in 
Ford's theater, Washington, D. C, on 
April 14, 1865, a witness of the 
tragedy from the first row of the 
balcony was a girl of 18. This girl is 
now Mrs. Harriet Van Pelt, who for 
most of her life has been a resident of 
Michigan City, Ind. 

A slender little woman with bright 
brown eyes and snow white hair, 
Mrs. Van Pelt, in her rooms in the 
Sheridan Beach hotel in the Indiana 
lakeside city recalled yesterday the 
dramatic moment when the shot rang 
out in the theater. 

Mrs. Van Pelt, then Miss Harriet 
Sherman, with her older sister, 
Nancy, both in their last year at the 
Cleveland Female seminary, had gone 
to Washington to spend Easter vaca- 
tion with their uncle, George Hart- 
well, connected with the patent of- 
fice there, and his wife, Rose. 

Father a Surgeon in Army. 

Their father, Dr. Mason G. Sher- 
man, a surgeon in the 9th Indiana regi- 
ment, wanted the daughters to have 
a little gayety during their holi- 
days. Their home, he felt, would be 
too sorrowful for them, Mrs. Van Pelt 
said, as their mother had been killed 
shortly before by the bursting of a 
rocket at a victory celebration. 

The girls had been taken to the 
President's reception in the White 
House by their aunt and uncle, and 
shaken the hands of Mr. and Mrs. 
Lincoln. They had witnessed a pa- 
rade. The streets were hung in bunt- 
ing. The capital was dramatic with 
joyous celebration over the ending 
of the war. 

Dazzled by this brilliance, the 
boarding school misses accompanied 
their aunt and uncle to the theater, 
where the President and Mrs. Lin- 
coln were to appear in a box as a 
climax of the week's festivities. 

Harriet Sees the Tragedy. 

Although intrigued by the play, 
" Our American Cousin," the two girls 
could not let their glance stray for 
long from the President's box, Mrs. 
Van Pelt said. 

Harriet was looking toward the 
President's flag draped box just as 
John Wilkes Booth stepped into it. 

"I thought it was some theater 
attendant," she said. "The box was 
about 25 or 30 feet away, to the 
right of our seats. A moment later 
a shot was heard. I recall nothing 
of Maj. Rathbone's grappling with 
Booth and being stabbed by the assas- 
sin, nor of Booth leaping to the stage 
from the front railing of the box, al- 
though these things happened. I re- 
member only the President's head on 
the shoulder of Mrs. Lincoln, and hear- 
ing some one say quietly, ' Mr. Lin- 
coln has been shot.' 

Audience in Confusion. 

" The curtain was rung down, 
which left the house in darkness for 
a moment. Every one was confused. 
A sort of paralysis gripped the house. 

" I saw the President being carried 
out of the box. After he had been 
removed from the theater and taken 
to a boarding house across the 
street, the throngs made their way 
out of the theater, stunned. We took 
a carriage home and the next day 
returned to school. Among my school- 
mates there to whom I told my ex- 
perience in witnessing the tragedy 
was Ida Saxton, later the wife of 

President McKinley [who died of an 
assassin's bullet Sept. 14, 1901]." 

On May 1 President Lincoln's 
funeral train stopped beneath an 
elaborate arch in Michigan City, 
where it was met by a group of 
Chicagoans and accompanied to Chi- 
cago and then to Springfield. Among 
the Michigan City young ladies 
escorting the body to Chicago was 
Harriet, dressed in white like the 

Wed to Civil War Major. 

The next year Harriet Sherman 
married Maj. John Simpson, 10 years 
old than she, who had served under 
Gen. Grant in the 59th Indiana in- 
fantry, and had marched with her 
second cousin, Gen. Sherman, to the 
sea. Maj. Simpson had told her 
mother when she was little girl that 
he would " wait until Hattie grew 
up" and marry her. She married 
again after his death. 

For 20 years Mrs. Van Pelt lived 
in the Lexington hotel here. 

Witnessing the President's assassi- 
nation did not dim her enthusiasm for 
the theater. She " loves bridge, the 
movies, and the stage," reads a great 
deal and without glasses, and says 
she feels as she did when she was 
18, except that she " can't get around 
as rapidly." 

Mrs. Van Pelt said she never before 
had told her story of the Lincoln 
tragedy for publication. She showed 
the feminine reticence of her genera- 
tion towards personal publicity and 
was extremely reluctant to be photo- 
graphed, for the first time, for a 


V9jn Pelt, Mrs. Harriet 


Saw Lincoln Assassinated 

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[ As a little girl, Mrs. Harriet Van 
Pelt, above, who lives at the Sheri- 
dan -Beach hotel, sat as A-Sjieetatoi? 
in Ford's theater in Washington and 
witnessed assassination of Abraham 
Lincoln. She is shown with a 
Lincoln portrait. 

Fatal Shot 
In Theater 

As Michigan City today marked 
the birthday of Abraham Lincoln in 
home and school, Mrs. Harriet Van 
Pelt of the Sheridan Beaih hotel re. 
i»lls a memory so tragic that 71 
years can not dim it— the assassina- 
tion of the great emancipator by 
John Wilkes Booth. 

As a girl of 18 she witnessed the 
tragedy from the first row of the 
balcony in the Ford, theater. She sat 
not more than 25 or SO feet from 
the President's box, saw Booth enter 
the box and heard the shot ring out. 

Shortly after that sad incident, 
on May 1, Lincoln's funeral train 
passed through Michigan City. Hun- 
dreds of persons gathered at the 
Michigan Central station to see the 
bier. Among them was Martin T. 
Krueger, a boy of 11 years at the 
time. A huge memorial arch was 
erected at the station where a group 
of Chicago people met the train to 

j accompany the body to Chicago and 
then to Springfield. 

She's 89 Now 
A bright little woman of nearly 
89, Mrs. Van Pelt clearly recalls 
April 14, 1865. She and her older 
sister, Nancy Sherman, both in their 
last -year at the Cleveland Female 
seminary had gone to Washington 
to spend Easter vacation with their 
uncle, George Hartwell of the patent 
offiee there. Mrs. Van, Pelt was 
Harriet Sherman, daughter of Dr. 
Mason G. Sherman of Michigan 

! City. 

In the afternoon they attended 
the reception at the White House 

and shook hands with Mr. and Mrs. 
Lincoln. Climaxing the week's activi- 
ties they attended the theater in the 
evening to see "Our American 
Cousin " and again see the President 
from his box. 

In describing the scene, Mrs. Van 
Pelt said. "I thought Booth was 
some theater attendant. A moment 
later a shot was heard. I recall 
nothing of Maj. Eathbone's grappl- 
ing with Booth and being stabbed, 
nor of Booth leaping to the stage 
from the front railing of the box, 
although these things happened. I 
remember only the President's head 
on the shoulder of Mrs. Lincoln and 
hearing some one say quietly, 'Mr. 
Lincoln has been shot.' 

"The curtain was rung down, 
which left the house in darkness for 
a moment. Every one was confused. 
A sort of paralysis gripped the 
house. Then the lights were turned 

"I saw the President being car- 
ried out of the. box. After he had 
been removed from the theater and j 
taken to a board'ng house across > 
the street, the throngs made their 
way out of the theater stunned. The 
next day we returned to school. 
Among my schoolmates there to 
whom I told my experience in wit- 
nessing the tragedy was Ida Saxton, 
later the wife of President McKinley 
(who died of an assassin's bullet 
Sept. 14, 1901)." 

The next year Harriet Sherman 
married Maj. John Simpson of the 
59th Indiana infantry who had 
served under Gen. Grant and had 
marched with her second cousin, 
Gen. Sherman, to the sea. She mar- 
ried aga-'n after his death. 

Mrs. Van Pelt's story, well known 
in Michigan City, was given a 
prominent place in a Chicago news- 
paper today. 



Van Sant, Mr. 

Minneapolis Residents Remember Great I 


UEL, VAN SANT, (left), G.A.R. 
veteran, looked at the picture of 
Lincoln and his son, Tad. "What 
grief there was in the army, 
the day it got the news of that 
boy's death," he said. Mr. Van 
Sant "will be a guest at a (Tinner 
"Rftta-y given the G.A.R. veterans 
by the sons of civil war veter- 

Mrs. Josephine Retz, (next), 
still remembers the day she 
rode with Lincoln on a hay- 
rack to a political meeting. 

When Lincoln stopped at her 
father's home in Logan county, 
111., said Mrs. Elizabeth Jane 
Gilmore, (shown next avor-e), he 
made Mrs. Gilmore's brother, 
Bob, stand in the corner when 
he was naughty. Mrs. Gilmore 
still remembers some of Uncle 
Abe's funny stories. 

J. W. Morse,, (last), one of the 
first telegraphers to operate on 
the lines that were being ex- 
tended during the Civil war, 
sent Lincoln's second inaugural 
address in code. He lives now 
at the Vendome hotel. 


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Van Sant , Samuel R, 

Youth Honors Lincoln a& 
Age Handicaps Old Guai 

Van Sant Represents Comrades in Address i 
Legion — Schools Give Programs 

The hallowed memory of $ great L, TTiimagnn. fa3CBB3tea8fcaBfl Mr - 
mori^n »ff PoHnna telv known as Van Sant wprp, thprr. „ 

American, affectionately known as 
"Honest Abe," was observed in a 
manner more solemn than usual to- 
day as the youth of Minneapolis 
found itself taxed with the respon- 
sibility of paying honor to Abraham 
Lincoln 123 years after his birth 
in a tiny Kentucky backwoods 

For the "old guard," men who 
fought in the Civil war and those 
who still remember seeing Lincoln, 
slowly has thinned out and in the 
city today those who cherish the 
memory of the "great emancipator" 
were too advanced in age to par- 
ticipate in memorial ceremonies. 

Van Sant Will Speak 

No celebrations on the scale of 
former years have been planned for 
the "boys in blue." They will be 
content to rest quietly at the Sol- 
diers' home, Veterans' hospital and 
in private homes, pausing for a 
time, perhaps, to re-read the famous 
Gettysburg address. 

The only notable exception among 
the "old guard" is that of former 
Governor Samuel R. Van Sant, 88- 
year-old former national command- 
er of the G. A. R. 

Mr. Van Sant will represent his 
comrades at 8 p.m. today when he 
speaks at a meeting of Giantvalley 
American Legion post at- -the Citi- 
zens Club. Leonard Vasapka, com- 
mander, also has invited T. H. Pea- 
cock, another Civil war veteran, to 

Men and women who still remem- 
ber Lincoln cherished the memories 
more than ever today as they real- 
ized their numbers were growing 

Sat on Lincoln's Lap 

A^ra it. J rj.iiTTir.rp, P 1 years old, 
unable to leave her room at the 
Jones Harrison home, remembers 
the day she sat on Lincoln's lap 
and answered his questions about 
school. Mrs. Josppl-ijri e^ T. Retz 
still feels the handclasp' of the 
young man who debated slavery 
with Stephen A. Douglas. Mcg ^ Em- 
naa-Marsh, also of the Jones Harri- 
sonvhome, who is only a "young- 
ster" of 78 years, remembers the 
day she kissed Lincoln, but she was 
only 4 years old at' the time. 

Several churches have planned 
simple gatherings tonight honoring 
Lincoln. Fathers and sons of Knox 
Presbyterian church will assemble 
for a memorial dinner. 

Schools were closed today, fol- 
lowing yesterday's secial programs 
prepared by pupils to freshen their 
knowledge of Lincoln's contribu- 
tions to his country. 

Flags Fly Over City 

The Stars and tSripes, for whose 
unity Lincoln gave his life, were 
shown in his honor on homes and 
buildings throughout the city. 

There are only 12 remaining of 
the 293 stalwart lads of Mr. Van 
Sant's G. A. R. post, John A. Rawl- 
ings, six of them living in Minne- 
apolis. Tuesday at their reunion 
three men were able to attend. W. 

lull Torrance. 
the Rawfi'ligS pool, iuund himself 
unable to attend the group's Tues- 
day reunion, he did the next best 
thing. He sent Mrs. Torrance to 
preside for him. 

Officers Cancel Dinner 

The annual Lincoln birthday din- 
ner of the Minnesota commandary, 
Military Order of the Loyal Legion, 
formed many years ago by 25 Civil 
war officers, has been canceled, 
since the four surviving Twin City 
members will be unable to attend. 

Still the tradition will not be 
abandoned, for taking their places 
will be sons and grands -ns, carry- 
ing on the memories told them by 
their parents. Next spring descend- 
ants of the veterans are planning to 
conduct their reunion to revive the 



Villard, Henry 

Relates Ambitious Wife 
Held After Menard Talk 

Lincoln addressed "a very large 
and attentive audience" with "most 
telling effect" in Petersburg, Aug. 
30, 1856, according to The State 
Journal of that year. 

Two years later, On Oct. 29 during 
the course of his senatorial cam- 
paign, he again spoke in Petersburg. 
Later at a flag station twenty miles 
west of Springfield, he and Henry 
Villard took refuge from a violent 
storm in an empty box car 

Villard relates in his Memoirs that 
Lincoln said at that time that as 
a youth his highest political ambi- 
tion was to be elected to the legis- 
lature. But now he said, Mrs. Lin- 
coln was insisting that he would 
be senator and president. "Just 
think of such a sucker as me as 
president!" he exclaimed. . 

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Henry Villard's Dispatches 
of 1860 Published. 

Henry Villard, an immigrant 
boy, had been in this country 
only seven years when he was as- 
signed to cover the Republican 
Convention of 1860 and Abraham 
Lincoln's post-election months in 
Springfield for the New York 
Herald. He had already covered 
the four Lincoln-Douglas debates 
for the New York Staats-Zeitung, 
a German language newspaper, 
and was thus acquainted with 
Lincoln before the election of 


Mr. Villard's dispatches to the 
Herald, now gathered into a sin- 
gle volume edited by his sons, 
Harold G. and Oswald Garrison 
Villard, present an interesting 
contemporary account of Abra- 
ham Lincoln as the cares of the 
nation settled on his shoulders. 
The book, "Lincoln on the Eve of 
'61" (Alfred Knopf, $1.25), has 
just been published. 

"Few mortal beings," Mr. Vil- 
lard wrote on January 19, 1861, 
"ever carried a heavier load than 
that already and likely to rest 
hereafter, upon the shoulders, of 
Abraham Lincoln. Nor can it' be 
concealed, that, although he 
stands up manfully under its 
weight, the burden is taxing at 
times his patience and power of 
endurance to the utmost." 

No Protection From Visitors. 

From Mr. Villard's accounts 
it is apparent that not only did 
Mr. Lincoln have the full bur- 
den of the country's affairs upon 
him, but he had virtually no pro- 
tection against the demands of 
his constituents to see him, shake 
his hand, talk with him and just 
gape at him. 

"No restrictions whatever be- 
ing exercised as to visitors, the 
crowd that daily waits on the 
President is always of a motley 
description," Mr. Villard wrote 
in his first letter on November 
16, 1860, from Springfield. "Every- 
body who lives in this vicinity or 
passes through this place goes to 
take a look at 'Old Abe.' 

"Muddy boots and hickory 
shirts are just as frequent as 
broadcloth, fine linen, &c. The 
ladies, however, are usually 
dressed up in their very best, al- 
though they cannot hope to make 
an impression on old married Lin- 

'Offensively Democratic' 

_ "Offensively democratic exhibi- 
tion of free manners occur every 
once in a while. Churlish fel- 

lows will obtrude themselves with 
their hats on, lighted cigars and 
their pantaloons tucked into their 
boots. Dropping into chairs, they 
sit puffing away and trying to 
gorgonize the President with 
their silent stares, until their 
boorish curiosity is fully satis- 

Accounts such as the forego- 
ing, both of the period in Spring- 
field and the trip to Washington, 
seem fantastic to readers in this 
day when the President of the 
United States is so hedged about 
with guards and buffers to keep 
him free of the wearing and dan- 
gerous personal contact with his 

Mr. Villard was present at the 
station when Mr. Lincoln left 
Springfield for Washington. 

Charged With Emotion. 

"The President • elect," he 
wrote, "took his station in the 
waiting-room, and allowed his 
friends to pass by him and take 
his hand for the last time. His 
face was pale, and quivered 
with emotion so deep as to ren- 
der him almost unable to utter [ 
a single word. At 8 o'clock pre- 
cisely he was conducted to the 
cars by Mr. Wood and Mr. 
Baker of the Journal. 

"After exchanging a parting 
salutation with a lady, he took 
his stand on the platform, re- 
moved his hat, and ■ asking si- 
lence, spoke to the multitude 
which stood in respectful silence 
and with their heads uncov- 

Mr. Villard then included the 
text of the address which Mr. 
Lincoln himself wrote out for 

Vincent, Bishop John H, 

Lincoln in 1 865 

By Bishop John H. Vincent 

I was at City Point in March, 1865, just I 
at the close of the war, in the service of 
the Christian Commission, and on a visit 
to General Grant, whom I had known with 
some degree of intimacy at Galena, where 
I was in charge of the church which Cap- 
tain Grant and his family regularly attend- 
ed, and to whom with his fellow soldiers 
I was permitted in 1861 to deliver the fare- 
well address on the occasion of their" de- 
parture from Galena for the front. 

On Saturday, March 25, 1865, I received 
from General Rawlins an, invitation to ac- 
company him and General Grant as they 
called on President Lincoln on his steamer, 
The River Queen, at City Point. And on 
the same day I was invited to accompany 
President Lincoln and General Grant on 
their Sunday trip up the James River.- For 
good and sufficient reasons I was compelled 
to decline both invitations. But on Mon- 
day morning, March 27, at City Point, I saw 
a large part of Sheridan's force cross the 
pontoon over the Appomattox at Point of 

I then called at General Grant's head- 
quarters, where I found both President Lin- 
coln and General Grant. The general in- 
troduced me to President Lincoln, and I 
had the opportunity of looking at close 

range into the face of the distinguished 
war President. He looked old and weary — 
his eyelids heavy and drooping, his mouth 
large and homely— his eyes with a look of 
languor. General Crook just then came in, 
and the President, his face brightening into 
a mischievous smile, rallied Crook, telling 
the company Mr. Stanton's jokes at Crook's 
expense to the effect that his sweetheart 
had betrayed him into rebel hands— for 
Crook had just been released by the Con- 

Mr. Lincoln then made a sort of apology 
for having gone up the James River to re- 
view the troops on Sabbath, and General 
Grant stated that in Galena he never 
missed the Sunday morning church serv- 
ices. Both men seemed anxious to have it 
understood that they revered the Sabbath 
day. It was a worthy and beautiful tribute 
to the day, to the divine command concern- 
ing it, and it will be well for the republic 
if this emphasis shall everywhere be made 
in our land. 

It was but a few weeks later that I 
walked in the great procession in Chicago, 
through the city hall and looked again on 
the hero's faoe as he lay silent in death. 
And now the noble figure of Abraham Lin- 
coln, transfigured and glorified in the heav- 
ens of our national memory and imagina- 
tion, rises to the loftiest height, and is 
; radiant with a glory distinctly and forever 
his own. 

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Vizzard, Patrick 

Voted for Lincoln, Flew 
at 102, Dies at 105 Years 

Patrick Vizzard, Who Knew His West Side Like a 
Book, Passes in Sleep. 

Patrick Vizzard is dead. The alert 
blue eyes that for 105 years watched 
the progress of the world see no 
more. Death came just as he wanted 
it to come, without fuss or bother. 
Patrick Vizzard simply went to sleep 
and did not wake up again. 

He was born in Ireland in 1826, but 
he went with his family to England 
to live while he was still very young, 
as nearly as he could recall. After he 
had finished his schooling and was 
ready to start into the world for 
himself he decided to come to 

That was before the Civil War, 
and he liked the United States so 
much that he stayed,' wandering until 
he finally settled in Cleveland. For 
many years he was employed at the 
old American House on Superior 

Vizzard was interested in politics. 
He voted twice for Lincoln, he re- 
lated, and remained a stanch Re- 
publican until the 1928 election, when 
as the oldest registered voter in 
Cuyahoga County^ he declared him- 
self a supporter of Al Smith for 

Mr. Vizzard lived at 8504 Detroit 
Avenue N. W, He prided himself on 

his knowledge of Cleveland's West 
Side and boasted that he could name 
all the streets between the Cuyahoga 
River and Rocky River. 

It was his delight to keep in touch 
with new inventions and develop- 
ments and one of the most of ex- 
citing experiences of his recent years 
was the airplane ride which he took 
over the city on the anniversary of 
his 1021 birthday. He liked the ride 
so much that he wanted to repeat It, 
and his pride was hurt when some- 
one suggested that he was a little 
old for air travel. 

Mr. Vizzard' s birthday on June 20 
was always a big event. Newspaper 
people who came to see him on that 
day were greeted cordially, and he 
considered them among his best 

He is survived by a son, M. J. 
Vizzard, 17449 Shaw Avenue, Lake- 
wood, and a grandson* James. His 
son, who is traveling in the east, had 
not been reached last night to be 
told of the death of his father. 

Funeral services will be held at St. 
Colman's Catholic Church, W. 65th 
Street and Lawn Avenue N. W., at 
10 Thursday morning. Burial will be 
at St. John's Cemetery. 

von Seggern, Miss Amelia 


Miss Who Saw Lincoln But Won't Tell Age 
Does Jury Duty and Considers It as Duty 

She Only Regrets That Cases Are Not Longer 

So She Could Be More Certain 

of Doing Justice 

rpHE person who purposefully escapes jury service 
is not doing his part in the cause of justice, be- 
lieves Amelia von Seggern, for the first time a mem- 
ber of a jury panel after many years devoted -to' 
social work of almost every sort. 

Miss von Seggern, they say at the Courthouse, 
could have escaped jury service had she desired. As 
a girl, she remembers seeing Abraham Lincoln but' 
she is not telling her age. 

Miss von Seggern, last of 12 children in the third 
generation of an old Cincinnati family, is among 125 
persons now serving on the Common Pleas Court 
panel. Their work will be completed this week. 

"Everybody's Solemn Duty" ' 

"It is everybody's solemn duty to serve if called and 
to aid in solving things to the best advantage," said 
Miss von Seggern emphatically. "I only regret that 
we are not on cases longer so that we could be more 
certain of dealing out justice." 

Miss von Seggern did not level her criticism of 
persons who avoid jury duty at the "younger genera- 

"Our young folks have as much sense of social 
responsibility as their elders in my opinion," she said. 
Although this is the first time she has ever been 
on a panel or otherwise directly connected with court 
activities, Miss von Seggern said she felt quite at 
home. She explained that the old Courthouse yard 
had been her childhood playground in the days when 
the law offices of her father, the late Christopher von 
Seggern, had been located across the street. 
Lincoln Waved to Friend 
That was after Abraham Lincoln had paid a visit 
to Cincinnati and dissolved the law partnership of 
Haussreck and von Seggern by appointing Mr. Hauss- 
reck ambassador to a South American country, Miss 
von Seggern recalled. 
Had she seen Lincoln? 

"Yes, I remember seeing Lincoln. A girl friend 
a*>d I were standing on the street one day as he 
passed by in his carriage. She waved to him and he 
waved back." 

Looking backward, Miss von Seggern recalled years 
spent handling world-wide correspondence for the 
Lutheran mission, taking part in leper and immi- 
grant service and aiding in the work of the Federa- 
tion of Women. 

"And I've never been ill," she said proudly. "I 

was seasick once and had my foot hurt when an auto 
^struck me, but I've oiever really been ill." 

Van Duzer, Mrs, W. J. 

Senteaiber 6, 193 

■ rs. W, J. f«a ruser 
Antioch, I 1 lino is 

Tesr B*s* Van 

The Antioch Ke-.7S has forwarded ynur 1 ett-r 
to "as. Do we understand fthat you did not see Lincoln? Did 
you attend his funeral? If ao this vreuld onke you eligible 
to enter our contest. 

In senaesilon with the dedication of the 
stotue of Abraham Lincoln to be unveiled in ?ort *"arne on 
Sapten&er 16 we are planning to boaoP fchos? rrsen sad worsen, 
still living, rho sp> : " Abraham Lincoln. 

Inasmuch a« we Kill pay th;-. expenses to the 
dedication of the oldest verses %o sa~ Lincoln, in each of 
the f-njr States MtohSgaa, Ohio, Illinois, sad Indiana, it is 
necessary for us to have setae fceearaie information signed by 
such individuals. 

fill you please fill out the enclosed blank 
and returr if you at ^ny time saw Lincoln. 

We are -pleased to send jrou soiae Lincoln items. 


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